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Crosby boosts Penguins to 3-1 win over Toronto

AP, PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh overcame the absence of several players to beat Toronto 3-1 on Monday, with Sidney Crosby boosting his NHL-leading points total by scoring the go-ahead goal.

Pittsburgh were locked 1-1 against Toronto with just more than six minutes remaining when Crosby took a centering pass from Pascal Dupuis and beat the goalie to the stick side to raise his points total to a league-high of 47.

Chris Conner and Brandon Sutter also scored for the Penguins, who were playing without a number of regulars, including forward Evgeni Malkin, but still won their fourth straight game.

Morgan Rielly scored his first career goal for the Maple Leafs.

Elsewhere in the league, Cody Ceci scored his first NHL goal four minutes into overtime to give the Senators a 3-2 win over St Louis.

Ceci recovered a clearing attempt by the Blues and fired in a wrist-shot that beat goalie Brian Elliott.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Bobby Ryan scored in regulation for the Senators, who picked up points for the fifth time in six games.

Chris Stewart had the goals for the Blues, both of which came late in the second period.

Paul Stastny scored twice and added two assists to power the Avalanche to a 6-2 win over Dallas.

Erik Johnson and Andre Benoit also scored in a four-goal second half, while Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie added Colorado’s rest.

Tyler Seguin had a goal and an assist, while Kevin Connauton scored his first NHL goal for the Stars.

Winnipeg’s Evander Kane returned from injury to score a goal and add an assist, leading the Jets to a 3-2 win over Columbus.

Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little also had goals for the Jets, while R.J. Umberger and Fedor Tyutin had the goals for the Blue Jackets, who had a first-period goal disallowed.

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